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Please read: Coronavirus COVID-19 and advice for people affected by dementia

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SerenaS

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Apr 7, 2011
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Hi everyone,

You will probably have heard about coronavirus COVID-19 in the media. There’s a lot of information out there. But not all of it is trustworthy. The situation is also changing quite quickly. I've put this notice together to help everyone on Talking Point.

Official advice

For information please go directly to the following official websites from the NHS and gov.uk:
https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/
https://www.gov.uk/government/topical-events/coronavirus-covid-19-uk-government-response

If you think you might have coronavirus, use the NHS 111 coronavirus service to find out what to do.

Support for you

>Information, support and advice about dementia and Coronavirus<
This includes information, advice on supporting someone with dementia, activity ideas, support for a person with dementia living alone, supporting a person with dementia from a distance and how Alzheimer's Society can help.

>Talking Point peer support discussion on Coronavirus COVID=19<


Talk to an adviser

Alzheimer’s Society can answer all your questions about dementia. We can also give you tips if you find it difficult to follow the NHS advice about coronavirus.

• Call our support line on 0333 150 3456.
• Or, if you speak Welsh, you can call our Welsh-speaking support line on 03300 947 400.
• Our support line is open:
Monday – Wednesday 9:00am – 8:00pm
Thursday – Friday: 9:00am – 5:00pm
Saturday – Sunday: 10:00am – 4:00pm.

Please note: Alzheimer’s Society cannot offer personalised medical advice. But we will direct you towards other reliable sources.


Misinformation

Unfortunately, some information being shared about COVID-19 is out of date, inaccurate, or falsely claims to be from a trusted source. Unfortunately, some people claim to be professionals or experts and post advice on online communities which can be untrue or harmful.

Have you seen some information and you're not sure if it's accurate? Use SIFT:

  1. Stop. (Don’t accept or share a claim until you’ve checked it out)
  2. Investigate the source. (Check if the source i.e. the website/newspaper/person is trustworthy)
  3. Find better coverage. (Use fact-checking sites like this one to help you if you're unsure if new information is trustworthy)
  4. Trace claims, quotes, and media to the original context. (Check - Did they really say that? Can you find the original article?)
We have to take a zero tolerance approach to misinformation and will be editing and removing posts and discussions where content is inaccurate. If a member repeatedly posts information or offers 'expert' advice we may have no choice but to close their account.
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I hope this helps. I know this is a difficult time for many of you to be considering Coronavirus COVID-19 as well as dealing with the realities of dementia. Please keep posting and sharing your experiences on Talking Point - we're here to help. :)

Thanks,

Serena
 
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SerenaS

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Apr 7, 2011
13,438
London
Hi everyone,

In light of the most recent Government guidance on Covid-19, Alzheimer's Society has made the difficult decision to temporarily suspend all of our face-to-face & group services.

We’re stepping up to support you - with additional phone support to help people through isolation and worry.

We’re also investigating how we can continue our services in the coming weeks, remotely and safely, to reach as many people as possible and help keep activity going.

It’s so important to stop coronavirus spreading – but we’re also deeply concerned about the impact isolation could have on the wellbeing of people with dementia.

We will work tirelessly to prevent that happening.

But if you need to reach out right now, don’t delay. Keep on using Talking Point, give our Dementia Connect Support Line a call on 0333 150 3456 and visit our online support page: https://www.alzheimers.org.uk/dementiaconnect

Thanks,

Serena
 

SerenaS

Administrator
Staff member
Apr 7, 2011
13,438
London
Hi everyone,

We're updating this discussion on a regular basis to make sure you have the information and support that you need.

Updates:

>Information, support and advice about dementia and Coronavirus<
This includes information, advice on supporting someone with dementia, activity ideas, support for a person with dementia living alone, supporting a person with dementia from a distance and how Alzheimer's Society can help.

Thanks,

Serena
 

SerenaS

Administrator
Staff member
Apr 7, 2011
13,438
London
Hi everyone,

I've included details or further information and support from Alzheimer's Society below

Our knowledge team has answered some commonly-asked questions from people affected by dementia, which you may find helpful during the coronavirus outbreak:

Here is where you can find information about other organisations who can help you with information and advice:

Being home alone whilst self-isolating could mean some people affected by dementia are more likely to be vulnerable to financial abuse. Coronavirus-related scams can take place over the phone, online and face-to-face. Here are our tips on how to avoid them:
https://www.alzheimers.org.uk/blog/coronavirus-covid-19-scams-people-affected-dementia

I hope you are all staying safe and well during this difficult time.

Sending my very best wishes to everyone

Serena
 
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SerenaS

Administrator
Staff member
Apr 7, 2011
13,438
London
Hi everyone,

Do you have questions about how to support someone with dementia who is in a care home? This guide has advice on the move from a hospital to a care home and advice on keeping in touch.


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Sadly, some people with dementia in care homes have also fallen ill with Coronavirus. This guide includes advice on what happens if someone becomes seriously unwell and includes advice and support on advance planning. end of life care and bereavement support. Please note: due to the sensitive topic, the content may be distressing.

 

HarrietD

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Apr 29, 2014
5,786
London
Hi everyone,

Are you wondering how you can support people with dementia in your community? The blog post below has some helpful tips.

If you're volunteering in your local coronavirus response or supporting a neighbour or friend, or would just like some ideas of how to help within your community, these tips are for you:

 

SophieD

Administrator
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Mar 21, 2018
2,429
London
Many care homes closed to visitors in March or even February 2020, but now visiting a care home during coronavirus is something a lot of you are having to consider.

As a friend or family member, you may be desperate to see the person you care about face-to-face. Each home and resident is different, but our advice should help you prepare for visiting again.

Read our advice on the Alzheimer's Society website here:

https://www.alzheimers.org.uk/get-support/coronavirus/care-home-visits
 
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